The Top 21 Best 3D Printers For Small Businesses

Looking for a 3D printer? Not sure which one to pick?

Then you’ve come to the right place. This guide explains everything you need to know about the best 3D printers for small businesses. We’ve compiled this extensive 3D printer comparison to help you learn exactly which printer you should choose for your business.

How to choose a 3D printer for your business

First and foremost, ask yourself: why do I need a 3D printer and what do I want to print?

Every 3D printer has its own perks and disadvantages. You need to figure out what material, software, size, and resolution you need and prefer to understand which printer fits your needs.

Your specific budget depends on your needs. If you’re just starting out, and you’re learning the ropes, a cheaper 3D printer might be the right choice for now. Once you’re on a more advanced level and your prints start paying for themselves, you should upgrade your printer and get one that’s faster and more reliable. Extra features like resolution are only important for some projects, so what you plan to print determines if they are priorities for you or not.

Here’s what most small businesses value:

  • Reliability. Time is important to you, and it’s essential that you choose a 3D printer for your business that is reliable. You don’t want to get stuck fine adjusting things every time you print.
  • Ease of use. You don’t need lots of settings. Quite the opposite; the simpler, the better. A 3D printer that is easy to use saves you time and effort.
  • Speed. When you print on a deadline, you’ll want a fast printer.
  • Quality. A quality printer can help you overcome plenty of hassle and stress. When buying your 3D printer, make sure you have a big enough budget to buy one that meets your expectations.

Top 21 3D printers for small businesses

  1. DeltaWASP

DeltaWASP is something of a luxury 3D printer. Thanks to its design and Delta style robot system, this 3D printer is fast, reliable and the result is a beautiful print with smooth curves. The printer can be used for several materials; even experimental materials, such as porcelain and clay. The only negative side is that DeltaWASP is a bit loud, so you might want to keep it in a separate room.

Price: $3999/c. £3092

Pros: Reliability, speed, quality

Cons: Noise

Materials: PLA, ABS, exotics

  1. LulzBot TAZ 6

LulzBot TAZ 6 is a flexible and advanced printer with a large build area. It’s perfect for experimenting with different materials. The printer prints ABS, HIPS, PVA, and PLA, as well as other materials such as copper, wood, bronze, and polyester. Plus, you can print two types of materials at the same time. Unfortunately, this printer isn’t the easiest to handle, and it’s more suitable for more advanced users. So, if you have technical knowledge, you’ll be able to use it properly.

Price: $2500/c. £1934

Pros: Flexibility

Cons: Ease of use

Materials: PLA, ABS, exotics

  1. LulzBot Mini

LulzBot Mini is easy to use and an excellent choice for beginners. Features include a self-cleaning nozzle, open source software and hardware and a big online community ready to help in case you experience any issues with your printer. LulzBot Mini is relatively cheap, and maintenance costs are low. The downside is that it’s noisy.

Price: $1250/c. £967

Pros: Ease of use, reliability

Cons: Noise

Materials: PLA, ABS, exotics

  1. Ultimaker 2+

Ultimaker 2+ is a popular choice because of its price and quality ratio. The printer is fast and reliable with high resolution, a large build area and a swappable nozzle, which makes prints detailed. The feeder is easy to operate, so it’s easy to swap filament. There’s an active community that can help you with most questions. However, the printer lacks dual extruder support and better software.

Price: $2499/£1499

Pros: Ease of use, speed, quality

Cons: Lack of dual extruder, software

Materials: PLA, ABS, exotics

  1. FlashForge Finder 3D Printer

FlashForge Finder is a low-priced 3D printer that delivers quality prints. The build area isn’t very big, which can be a downside depending on your printing needs. Plus, it isn’t the easiest to set up, which is good to keep in mind if you’re completely new to 3D printing.  

Price: $499/c. £386

Pros: Quality, price, reliability

Cons: Ease of use

Materials: PLA

  1. SeeMeCNC Rostock MAX

Rostock MAX is a sleek and reliable printer with fast printing speed, positioning accuracy and one of the largest build volumes. The printer, which started as an Indiegogo project, can easily be upgraded and expanded. Customer support and an active community are there to help you if you experience issues. Rostock MAX is bigger than most other printers, which is good to take into consideration if you don’t have a lot of space. Plus, the noise level is on the higher end.

Price: $999/c. £773

Pros: Speed, reliability, quality, price

Cons: Ease of use, noise

Materials: PLA, ABS

  1. Up! Mini 3D Printer

Up! Mini is a huge bang for the buck. It’s a reliable printer that delivers quality prints. Just keep in mind that if you’re looking for customization, this is not the printer for you as Up! Mini is closed source. At the same time, it can be an excellent choice for beginners and users who don’t require any customization. The downside is that the printer has a small build volume.

Price: $599/c. £463

Pros: Ease of use, reliability, price, quality

Cons: Small build volume, flexibility

Materials: PLA, ABS

  1. FlashForge Creator Pro

FlashForge Creator Pro is a relatively inexpensive 3D printer that delivers quality prints. The printer is reliable and consistently delivers prints with good precision. However, it’s software isn’t the easiest to use, which means that FlashForge Creator Pro might be overwhelming for beginners.

Dual extruders also means more potential for complicated of colourful prints - but could cause twice the amount of trouble if they're unnecessary for your prints. 

Price: $899/c. £695

Pros: Reliability, quality, price

Cons: Noise, ease of use

Materials: ABS, PLA, exotics

  1. Zortrax M200

Zortrax M200 started as a Kickstarter project in 2013. The printer is a great choice for anyone looking for a printer that requires little setup, delivers quality prints, is extremely reliable and overall, offers a lot of value. Zortrax is optimal for you if you primarily use ABS. Unfortunately, the printer isn’t open source and lacks of temperature control. This means that normally it doesn’t enable lots of experimenting and shouldn’t be used with low-cost materials.

You can however get aftermarket mods to manually control the temperature of the extruder - making it an idea printer to reliably print various materials, such as PLA and PLA Plus and flexible materials.

We use one the M200 to test our new materials on.  

Price: $1990/c. £1540

Pros: Quality, ease of use, reliability

Cons: Flexibility

Materials: ABS, HIPS, ULTRAT

  1. Deezmaker Bukito

Deezmaker Bukito is a portable printer that produces quality prints. It’s easy to use, reliable and perfect for businesses that need a flexible printer they can take with them on the go. However, the build volume is rather small, and it’s not the most precise printer.

Price: $849/c. £657

Pros: Quality, ease of use, reliability, size

Cons: Build volume, precision

Materials: PLA, PET

  1. Witbox 2

Witbox 2 is a secure choice. This printer is reliable, has a large build volume and delivers quality prints. It’s easy to use, PLA compatible and it can be customized with open source software. Last but not least, the customer service is top notch. Of course, Witbox 2 does have some drawbacks. It can be noisy to use, and its community is on the smaller side. But if these issues aren’t priorities, Witbox 2 offers lots of value.

Price: c. $1975/£1529

Pros: Reliability, quality, flexibility

Cons: Noise, lack of community

Materials: PLA

  1. Airwolf AW3D HD

Airwolf AW3D HD is a flexible and fast 3D printer with a large build volume. The printer delivers quality prints, and it’s all in all a reliable printer. The community is rather small, and as the printer is somewhat difficult to use, this could be a problem if you end up having problems with your prints.  

Price: $3995/c. 3092

Pros: Speed, build volume, flexibility, reliability

Cons: Ease of use

Materials: ABS, PLA, nylon

  1. Type A Machines Series 1

Thanks to its build volume, Type A Series 1 is an excellent choice if you need to print larger objects. The printer is fast, reliable, relatively easy to use and its prints are qualitative. There aren’t that many drawbacks, which is to be expected at this price point. However, it does lack a bigger community.

Price: $3595/£2783

Pros: Quality, reliability, ease of use, build volume, speed

Cons: Community

Materials: PLA, ABS

  1. BCN3D SIGMA

BCN3D SIGMA is a 3D printer with a large build volume and high resolution. The prints are qualitative and considering that this is a 3D printer with dual extruders, it’s extremely easy to use. BCN3D SIGMA is not the quietest printer out there, and it’s rather big, which means that you might want to find a separate room for it.

Price: c. $2556/c. £1984

Pros: Quality, ease of use, build volume

Cons: Noise, size

Materials: PLA, ABS, HIPS, PVA

  1. PowerSpec 3D Pro

PowerSpec 3D Pro produces qualitative prints. It’s reliable and fast, but it isn’t that user-friendly. There’s not a sizable community, and it’s not known for its excellent customer service, which means that you might have problems figuring out issues if they arise. That’s why this printer works best for intermediary 3D printer users.

Price: $1199/c. £928

Pros: Speed, quality, reliability

Cons: Ease of use, flexibility

Materials: PLA, ABS, PVA

  1. M3D Micro 3D Printer

M3D Micro is one of the most successful 3D printers on Kickstarter. The build volume is tiny, so this printer is better suited for businesses looking to print smaller objects. It’s cheap and easy to maintain and overall, the prints are qualitative.

Price: $349/c. £270

Pros: Ease of use, noise, quality

Cons: Build volume, flexibility

Materials: PLA, ABS

  1. CEL Robox

CEL Robox is one of the best choices for you if you’re primarily looking for a printer that’s easy to use. The printer was initially a Kickstarter project, and it was eventually developed into a 3D printer that’s known for its excellent customer service. CEL Robox isn’t open source, which doesn’t make much of a difference if you’re not looking to experiment with your 3D printer. However, the printer doesn’t support tall prints, so make sure you take this into consideration.

Price: $1499/c. £1160

Pros: Ease of use

Cons: Flexibility

Materials: ABS, PLA, exotics

  1. MakerGear M2

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MakerGear M2, a third-generation printer, is known for being a durable and high-quality printer. Its prints are top notch, and the printing speed is fast. One of the main downsides is that it’s not the easiest printer to use, and you should have some 3D printing experience in order to use it properly. Also, the printer can be noisy at times. MakerGear M2 is open source, so you can use whatever software you prefer.

Price: $1825/c. £1412

Pros: Reliability, quality, speed, flexibility

Cons: Ease of use, noise

Materials: PLA, ABS

  1. MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer

MakerBot Replicator delivers quality prints, and it’s easy to use. If needed, the printer can be customized. This is a good choice if you’re looking for a reliable and flexible 3D printer. The printer’s main shortcoming is that the prints aren’t very tall (up to 5.9 inches). However, if you’re mainly looking to print smaller objects, this might be a good option for you.

Price: $1999/c. £1547

Pros: Quality, ease of use, reliability

Cons: Noise, print height

Materials: PLA

  1. XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0

XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 is a printer that’s easy to use and simple. But, the quality is not the best, the printer has a small build volume, and the software crashes easily. This printer works for small businesses that don’t print that often. For example, if you need smaller prototypes from time to time, da Vinci might be worth checking out.

It's worth noting though that they use the Gillette shaver business model. The price of the printer is cheap, but the running costs (filament) are really expensive. Each cartridge has a chip in, preventing you from using better or cheaper filament from other sources. 

Price: $349.95/c. £271

Pros: Ease of use, price

Cons: Quality, software crashes easily, small build volume, locked into their filament

Materials: PLA

  1. Printrbot Plus

Printrbot is a successful Kickstarter project and one of the first desktop 3D printers. Printrbot Plus is an updated version with a large print volume. It produces quality prints, but this printer is on the slower side and a bit noisy.

Price: $1199/c. £928

Pros: Quality, build volume

Cons: Speed, noise

Materials: PLA, ABS

Hopefully that's cast a little more light on helping you choose what's best for your new small business. As a startup business ourselves that prints a lot (which probably doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that we specialize in filaments), we hope we’ve helped you pick the perfect printer for you.

Just one more thing you should know before you buy your 3D printer:

While a quality printer is important, there something else you need to produce good prints: filament. Quality filament is a must-have for businesses. Ultimately, it helps you save time and money because you don’t have to spend work hours and material on reprinting failed prints.

Have questions about printers or filament? Get in touch with us- we’re happy to help you find the right printer.

And, if you haven’t already done it, check out what the buzz is all about by ordering a free sample of our PLA or ABS filament and start printing right away.

Last but not least, I would love to know:

What 3D printer are you using for your business and why do you like it? Alternatively, why doesn’t it work for your business? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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